“Closing a nine-point gap is not an easy thing to do in a state as Democratic as Pennsylvania,” said Jim Lee of Susquehanna Polling and Research.
Lee said he was surprised by the results considering the poll also showed that jobs and the economy and national security were listed as the most important issues facing the nation. Additionally, 56 percent of respondents feel the nation is on the wrong track. All of those things should push voters to the outsider, Donald Trump, Lee said.
But perhaps the answer is in likeability. When asked their opinion of Hillary Clinton, 49 percent said they view her unfavorably and 40 percent had a favorable opinion.
Donald Trump had a 57 percent unfavorable and just 35 percent favorable view of him.
“We know to a large extent voting for President is voting for someone you can identify with, that you like,” Lee said. “That’s gonna be a tough thing to overcome if he can’t improve his image in this state.”